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@MiddInfoSec – Phishing Alert: don’t fall for “EMPLOYEE PAYROLL.” scam email

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Be on the alert for a suspicious email purportedly sent from “SENDER” with the subject line ” EMPLOYEE PAYROLL.”. This is a confirmed phishing message, designed to trick you into divulging your username and password. If you find a copy of this message in your spam quarantine, please ignore it. If you find a copy […]

@MiddInfoSec: “Middlebury College!” A Well Crafted Phishing Attack Looks to Come from the College

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Over the past couple of days Middlebury College has been the target of a well-crafted  phishing campaign. Phishing messages are email messages designed to trick you into divulging your username and password. In this case, the phishing messages were written so that they looked like they were sent from Middlebury’s Department of Public Safety. An […]

@MiddInfoSec: Information Security is Everyone’s Responsibility!

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It is important for each of us to be aware of the increasing security risks to our increasingly connected lives. From laptops and tablets to smartphones and wearable technology, and 24/7 access to our personal data, the risk of sensitive information being exposed is very real. Be Data Aware:  Travel with, save, or record ONLY […]

@MiddInfoSec: Keeping Your Password Secure

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Did you know that most passwords are easily broken? A few “secrets” can help you make a stronger more memorable password. Dos Longer is better – use at least 8 characters with upper and lower case, numbers and symbols. Create an easy-to-remember passphrase  with four or more words substituting special characters for some of the […]

@MiddInfoSec: Information Security’s ‘Security Scout of the Month’

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To help raise awareness about community efforts to prevent significant security issues, Middlebury Information Security has launched a ‘Security Scout of the Month’ award. This month Information Security would like to recognize Amy Dale who promptly and accurately responded to potential malware activity by unplugging her computer and reaching out to the Help Desk for […]

@MiddInfoSec: Stay Safe and Secure when Online

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When you are reading e-mail or browsing online, be on the lookout for suspicious links and deceptive web pages, which are major sources of malware. Also be careful of downloadable files since they can introduce malware. And remember that additional browser plugins and unused applications require additional patching to remain secure. Here are some suggestions […]

@MiddInfoSec: Information Security’s ‘Security Scout of the Month’

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To help raise awareness about community efforts to prevent significant security issues, Middlebury Information Security has launched a ‘Security Scout of the Month’ award. Highlighting the valuable contributions of community security scouts in an @MiddInfoSec blog post and on Middlebury’s Information Security web site is a great way to show how a cautious and thoughtful […]

@MiddInfoSec: Preventing Device Theft

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With an increasing amount of storage space and institutional connectivity on personal devices, the value and mobility of smartphones, tablets, and laptops make them appealing and easy targets. These simple tips will help you protect against and prepare for the potential loss or theft of a laptop or mobile device. Don’t leave your device alone, […]

@MiddInfoSec: Don’t Get Hooked

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You may not realize it, but you are a phishing target at school, at work, and at home. Phishing attacks are a type of computer attack that use malicious emails to trick targets into giving up sensitive information. Ultimately, you are the most effective way to detect and stop phishing scams. When viewing email messages, […]

@MiddInfoSec: Phishing Alert – – “Update Announcements”

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A phishing email message was sent to @middlebury.edu mailboxes today with a subject line of “Update Announcements”.  DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS MESSAGE! The phishing email message is an attack designed to trick people into disclosing their username and password.  Do NOT follow the instructions in the message, as it could lead to your Middlebury […]

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